Weekends of Catching Up

Weekends are spent catching up.  Dirty laundry, un-vacuumed floors, unpaid bills, and toothpaste smudges on bathroom sinks make our house a yucky place to be by Friday afternoon. A disorganized, messy house drives me NUTS.  Daily, I work on odds and ends around the house along with daily tasks such as the dishwasher, counters, and the hard floor on the first floor.  Every evening, the kids must clean up their playroom and bedroom....more

The Joy of the Family Outing

As I look back on my childhood, I realize that many of my best memories came from the shared misery my sisters and I endured.Sharing the back seat of a Volvo for numerous trips to my uncle’s dairy farm, often with bags of cow manure for my father’s organic garden in the trunk.We had to come up with ways to fight the boredom of those five-hour car trips with only two scheduled pit stops and nothing more than some 8-track tapes and each other for entertainment.There were the times one of us dared to ask for a pet hamster,bird, or tropical fish....more

A little slice of Canadiana

Canadians often brag about being able to not only withstand the cold, but embrace it.On frosty winter mornings, while scraping the four-inch, icy coating off their windshields, neighbours can be heard making cheery quips like, “Cold enough for ya?” or, “That’s quite the dump of snow we got last night, eh?”...more

This is more or less how it was

December's Nablopomo theme is more/less, which lends itself to more or less anything. We attended a second family Thanksgiving dinner today, and I ate more food than was necessary.  I wish I'd eaten less. We had more or less the same people there, but next Thanksgiving there will be another little one (my nephew's wife is expecting in the next couple of weeks.) ...more

Family Fall Fun Checklist

 I have struggled a little this year with going back to work, and keeping on top of all the things I would like to accomplish. As a result, this is what I put together for my Family to keep track of all the fun activities we want to accomplish during this season. I sat down with my kids and asked them what some they wanted to do this year, so this is what we came up together. I thought I would share with you all so that, if you are a list checker like myself, you can use it for your family also! ...more

Meal Planning or go with the flow!?

A common question I get asked often is: How does your family plan your meals!?Are you the family that shops for what you are cooking the same day and make everyday or other day trips to grocery store?Are you the family that shops 1 time a month and stock piles everything?Or do you shop a few times a month for your meals?Do you even cook!? Or is it can/cold stuff/boxed/microwaved (is microwaved mean cooked!?) every night for dinner?...more

6 Ideas for Spending Quality Family Time Together

Spending time together as a family is an important goal of mine. Not just being together but true quality time. We eat together, carpool together, do homework, clean -- the list goes on and on. That time seems to be focused on doing everything but really spending quality family time together. ...more
@mail4rosey Exactly! So often we equate "fun and meaningful" with the "cost" of doing something. ...more

When daddy takes the boy swimming

It's that time after you've had a baby and you can't go swimming but your older child loves to go. Perfect for daddy bonding while mummy and baby stay at home snuggled in bed- perfect! ...more

Create an Art Gallery for Your Mini Artist

There's a saying (and this is not a direct quote - I wish I could remember it word for word...) but if a child gives you a gift, even if it's a rock, you should show appreciation and how grateful you are to them for that rock. It may just be a rock, but they chose you to give it to. (love this analogy..) After reading this quote, I decided I want to show my girls as often as possible that they are loved, valued, respected, and that we are always so proud of them....more

Following My Maternal Instincts and Going for a Walk

Before I knew I was pregnant with my first child I knew I wanted to give birth without drugs or interventions. I never questioned that it was best for my baby and myself. When my husband and I agreed to a Cesarean birth for our second daughter, that was also instinct. Our instinct as parents was to do whatever was necessary to keep our daughter and myself safe and healthy. ...more